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5 Helpful Tools to Find Movies & TV Shows to Watch on Netflix

Mihir Patkar Updated 26-03-2020

The question most of us have in our free time isn’t whether or not to stream something, it’s, “What should I watch on Netflix?” Here are a few quick ways to find movies and TV shows on Netflix.


The Netflix app is constantly tweaking its interface to tell you to watch certain shows and movies. But when you browse Netflix shows and movies, it seems to push its own productions too strongly while ignoring more worthy options. Third-party recommendation engines, like those in this list, can be better at finding something more suited to your palate.

1. What The Hell Should I Watch On Netflix (Web): One Pick At a Time

What the hell should I watch on Netflix recommends movies and TV shows quickly

If you don’t want to spend time tweaking a bunch of filters to find exactly what you’d like, this is the simple option. What The Hell Should I Watch On Netflix (WTHSIWON) focuses on speed and simplicity, giving you one pick at a time.

First, choose whether you want movies, TV shows, or anything at random. In the second step, choose the genre. You’ll immediately get a recommendation, complete with a trailer and a recommendation.

If it’s not what you’re looking for, WTHSIWON offers a few other options at the end of the recommendation, each with an alternative to something you might have found off-putting about the main choice. The site is quick and clutter free. We found that the recommendations are often well-rated on other movie rankings.


The database is a little out-of-date now as it doesn’t have many new movies and shows, but the pre-2017 recommendations are still great. And even though WTHSIWON doesn’t update their own database, we cross-checked to ensure these movies and TV shows are still available on Netflix USA.

2. FlixWatch (Web): “Best of Netflix” Lists, By Region

Flixwatch recommends "best of" lissts for different genres on Netflix

Maybe you don’t want one recommendation at a time like What The Hell Should I Watch on Netflix gives. FlixWatch has readymade lists for different categories so you can choose your favorite, all sorted by the country you’re in.

Each country’s sub-section lists the 50 best movies or TV shows across genres like crime, action, comedy, family, drama, documentaries, and so on. These lists have the movie’s or show’s title, a brief description, and the cast and crew details.

You can click “More Info” to find out things like the IMDb and Metacritic rankings. I think it’s better to skip directly to the “Watch On Netflix” link which has better details, including trailers. Either way, it’s a great way to find movies on Netflix.

3. Compare Movies (Web): Compare Movies and TV Shows

Compare multiple movies and TV shows side by side

Your friends recommend some Netflix shows for your free time, but you need to decide what to watch next. Put them all in Compare Movies to see their major details next to each other, to make it easier to find movies and shows on Netflix.

Each movie or show appears as a long vertical column, and you can add as many other columns next to it as you like. The entire comparison can be shared as a link with anyone. So you can even decide together on what to stream next on Netflix with Compare Movies.

Details include things like what awards the movie has won, how many seasons a show has, the major cast and crew, and its IMDb and TMDb ratings. Quick links for videos and images will take you to YouTube playlists of trailers or best moments. It’s a lot of stuff you can’t find for a Netflix movie on the app.

4. Dinggo (Android, iOS): Swipe Like Tinder to Find Movies and Shows on Netflix

Much like finding dates on Tinder, you can find movies on Netflix by swiping left and right with Dinggo. The best way to use it is by creating an account, but you can try the app with a guest login first.

Dinggo asks you to select genres and sub-genres when you start. It’s a good idea to do this meticulously because otherwise, it will throw so many random and unwanted choices at you that you’ll be put off from using it. Once you start, it’s simple: swipe left to reject, swipe right to like. Swipe down to find more information about any movie or show, such as the description and ratings.

All your likes are collected for later. In our tests, the app didn’t really learn to recommend better choices based on our likes. But nonetheless, it’s a great way to browse shows on Netflix by selecting a specific genre and sub-genre, which the app lacks.

The app also recommends movies from Hulu and Amazon Prime. Currently, it has the US catalog for all three streaming services. But remember, many of the Netflix movies on the app are available worldwide, especially the originals.

Download: Dinggo for Android | iOS (Free)

5. Netflix-Codes (Web): Easily Browse Secret Netflix Categories

Netflix Codes is the easiest way to browse netflix's secret categories

Netflix’s worst-kept secret is that it has a large number of hidden categories. Yes, the Netflix movies on the app have better classification and tags which are never shown to you, the user. These secret Netflix codes help find new content 20 Secret Netflix Codes to Help You Find New Content Are you struggling to find new movies and shows to stream? Here are some useful secret Netflix codes bursting with content! Read More , but it has always been a pain to input and browse them. Until Netflix Codes came along.

This site is the most eye-pleasing and organized way to check all the secret categories on Netflix. You get larger categories (for example: action and adventure, thriller, documentaries, comedies, etc.) as well as sub-categories in each (for example: martial arts movies, LGBT dramas, deep sea horror movies, military documentaries, etc.). The link is available right next to it, which you can click and browse in Netflix.

You’ll be surprised by just how much better this is to browse Netflix shows and movies than through the official app or web interface. Netflix Codes is a game-changer to find movies on Netflix that you’ll like.

Recalibrate Your Netflix Recommendations

All of these alternatives wouldn’t be needed to find movies on Netflix if its recommendations worked well. Nonetheless, Netflix has a strong algorithm that figures out your tastes in movies and TV shows, based on what you watch and your ratings. But over time, this can go out of whack.

When you have some free time, it would be worth your while to recalibrate your Netflix recommendations, so that they are more helpful. Till then, you can stick to the above apps and sites to quickly find something worth watching.

Of course, you need a paid subscription and can’t watch Netflix shows for free. If you don’t want to pay, try another streaming service, like the free TV shows you can watch on Crackle The Best Free TV Shows to Watch on Crackle Crackle is a free streaming service packed with TV shows to watch. Here are several free TV shows worth watching on Crackle. Read More .

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  1. Maury
    April 23, 2019 at 8:17 pm


  2. Maury
    April 23, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Great article to make people scared to choose their own personal private business. Maybe you should stop spreading fear and just write about your own personal preferences and not bringing hate onto others. This article is a shame.

  3. Mario
    April 22, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Your making a claim that this method is illegal. But, my friend, it is private, without a third party involved. If it was in the public jurisdiction it may be; I would have to look up State or U.S. code. Your article is designed to place fear on those that have their accout placed in where they choose for what ever reason. Please stop being an agent working for the public. Instead join the People in the private. Stop honoring the god of the dead/commerce/public. The private jurisdiction is loosing a war because there are people tirelessly working against it and putting there energy into a democracy witch is only benificial for legal fiction /corporations /government and not for living men and women. Let's put an end to deceiving the People and not function as a Jesuit or a Jesuit disguised as a Zionist in high corporate positions. Disgusting mind set.

  4. TheophilusThistle
    April 21, 2019 at 4:37 am

    Most of the category codes from your #5 listing don 't have any matching movies in Netflix.

    • TomSJr
      April 21, 2019 at 3:42 pm

      I dropped Netflix and picked up HULU, which has MORE original content than Netflix. Besides, Netflix now has Susan Rice on its Board of Directors and they also pay Obama for his material and I do not want to support Communists with my money. The ONLY good thing Netflix had was the series, "Stranger Things", but I can stream that thru other medias online and FREE. Everything else is slush and idiotic. Sorry, but I refuse to pay to support liberals and their biases.